The lawsuit, filed by David Hester, claims the show’s producers placed valuable items in the storage lockers to build drama for the show, the Associated Press reports. Items he claims were placed include a BMW Mini and newspapers concerning the death of singer Elvis Presley.
Hester, who was fired from the show, is seeking more than $750,000 from the show’s producers. He claims he was wrongfully terminated for complaining that the placing of items in the storage lockers was illegal. A&E, citing the ongoing lawsuit, declined to comment to the Associated Press.
Hester, who went by the nickname “The Mogul” on the show, says the show stopped planting items during his segments but it continued the practice when he wasn’t on-camera. In his suit, he claims entire storage lockers were staged and that the company might have been violating federal law.
Hester says he has been buying abandoned storage units for more than 26 years.